Demba Ba is a man in demand.
As things stand right now, the Senegalese hit-man sits just off the top of the Premier League goalscoring charts with 11 goals in 17 games and has been a rare source of inspiration for the mysteriously struggling Newcastle United this season.
Formidable in the air, impressive with the ball at his feet and a tower of strength up front for the Magpies, Ba was at his imperious best in the first half of the previous Premier League campaign as well.
The arrival of Papiss Cisse in January and the lack of chemistry of the duo on the pitch led to Ba taking a backseat though, and the former Hoffenheim man went through a rough and fairly lengthy spell without finding the back of the net.
Of course, things change quickly in football, and Ba is back to his goalscoring ways as the 2012-13 campaign approaches its halfway point, even as Cisse struggles to find form.
Truth is, Demba Ba isn't just any centre forward, and this isn't just a random purple patch. He's top notch and, indeed, deserving of all the attention coming his way presently.
I don't think I'd be stretching it if I were to call him a poor man's Didier Drogba.
Now, with the new year soon to come, and with it the January transfer window, we observe the interested parties for Demba Ba to decipher how much truth there is to the rumors doing the rounds and to assess who could do most with the man who has become a figure of adoration on Tyneside.